Wildfire forces new evacuation order northeast of Clinton

Wed, Jul 26: An aggressive wildfire has prompted a new evacuation order for some Clinton homeowners. Global’s Neetu Garcha has first-hand look at how some fire activity is ramping up.

The Elephant Hill wildfire has forced an evacuation order for a number of properties northeast of Clinton.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District says the rapidly moving wildfire continues to threaten properties northeast of the city.

On Tuesday night, an evacuation order was issued for the following properties:

  • 7737, 7845, 8030 Fenton Rd
  • 8856 Linden Rd
  • 1357 to 2025 Mound Rd
  • 1577 Mound-Loon Lake Rd

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In the meantime, some other evacuees impacted by the Elephant Hill wildfire are getting to go home.

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Orders and alerts have been partially rescinded in the Clinton corridor, Loon Lake, Green Lake, and Cache Creek area west of Ashcroft.

Residents are reminded to check the TNRD website for updates.

A return to warm and dry conditions has resulted in increased fire behaviour in many parts of the Elephant Hill wildfire, says the B.C. Wildfire Service, which is burning north of Ashcroft and Cache Creek and east of Clinton.

The Elephant Hill wildfire currently covers about 61,500 hectares. About 300 firefighting personnel are assigned to the fire, backed up by 60 pieces of heavy equipment, 50 structural protection specialists, 60 support staff and air support. Existing and additional resources are being reallocated as necessary to manage the increased fire activity.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says there are no immediate threats to structures at this time.

The wildfire threatening Clinton. Taken on July 26. Credit: Pat Bell.
The wildfire threatening Clinton. Taken on July 26. Credit: Pat Bell.
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